Upcoming Events

Jul
18
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all-day Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Jul 18 – Jul 28 all-day
Plaza Classic Film Festival - El Paso TX - July 18 - 28, 2024 @ Plaza
The Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 17th year July 18-28, 2024, was started by the El Paso Community Foundation in 2008 as a special project to bring movies back to the historic[...]
Sep
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all-day NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day
NOIR CITY: Chicago - September 6-12, 2024 @ Music Box Theatre
Noir City Chicago 2024 Returning to the Music Box Theatre, Chicago becomes Noir City once more September 6th through the 12th, 2024. Complete program and details will appear in this space as they are announced.[...]
Oct
11
Fri
2:00 pm Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Lone Pine Film Festival - October 11th, 2024 - The Charge of the Light Brigade @ Museum of Western Film History
Pre-Screening, film historian and Errol Flynn scholar Ross Schnioffsky will host a Q&A about the films’ director, Michael Curtiz, with special guest Alan Rode. THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936)/Warner Brothers (Filmed in Lone[...]
Oct
12
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9:30 am Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Lone Pine Film Festival - October 12th, 2024 @ Museum of Western Film History
Michael Curtiz: A life in Film (90 Min) – Discussion with Alan K. Rode Michael Curitz (seated), Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn on the set of The Charge of the Light Brigade. Author and historian,[...]
1:00 pm Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Lone Pine Film Festival - October 12th, 2024 - Panel Discussion: Stories from the Set @ Museum of Western Film History
Alan K. Rode to join panel discussion, Stories from the Set WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2024, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm WHERE: HIGH SCHOOL QUAD, Lone Pine, California MORE INFO: Visit Lone Pine Film Festival[...]

Recent Video Appearances and Podcasts

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Alan K. Rode and Kellee Pratt discuss Kiss Me Deadly(1955) at Screening June 30, 2024

Alan K. Rode will speak virtually at the special screening in Lawrence, Kansas, which also features commentary from film blogger Kellee Pratt.

In this atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, the good manners of the 1950s are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, this film noir masterwork is an essential piece of cold war paranoia.

If you have questions prior to the screening, PLEASE CALL 785.843.2787 OR email marlo@lawrenceartscenter.org

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Alan K. Rode and Julie Kirgo discuss High Noon.

THE EXTRAS host, Tim Millard, invites film historians Julie Kirgo and Alan K Rode to join him riding the dusty trails and moral complexities of the timeless Western, “High Noon.”  The new 4K UHD release from Kino Lorber includes an audio commentary each from Julie and Alan. This podcast is a preview of their insights into what makes this film so enduring.  Areas discussed are: screenwriter Carl Foreman and the Hollywood Blacklist, why Gary Cooper was the right choice for the part of Marshall Will Kane, Katie Jurado’s portrayal as a strong, independent Mexican woman, Fred Zinnemann’s direction, Floyd Crosby’s cinematography, Dimitri Tiomkin’s score, and the wealth of character actors that fill out the movie. 

This podcast also available on Spotify.

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Alan K. Rode introduces Dead Reckoning.

Alan K. Rode provides a wealth of behind-the-scenes history and details of the 1947 Humphrey Bogart – Lizabeth Scott noir classic, Dead Reckoning at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2024 in Palm Springs.

Arthur lyons' film noir festival, may 9th through 12th, 2024.

Alan K. Rode Interviewed by local Palm Springs TV Station KESQ

Palm Springs KESQ-TV interviews Alan K. Rode during the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2024.

Poster for noir city: brunette lady in stunning red dress holds a passport, the ace of spades, and the queen of hearts. But in her reflection in the mirror behind her she instead holds a gun, with a fedora-wearing man in the dim background. Text reads: your passport to danger and desire.

Alan K. Rode introduces "The Window"

At Noir City Hollywood 2024, Alan K. Rode introduces “The Window”, the classic suspense screen adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

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Gilda

Alan K. Rode discusses the classic film noir GILDA (1946) with David Garonzik of the Naples Florida Cinematheque describing the backstory of the true life romance between Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford along with the machinations of Columbia mogul Harry Cohn and director Charles Vidor.

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New Podcast: Alan discusses his personal history with and in the San Fernando Valley!!

Alan K. Rode is the guest of Maria Korpacheva for an audio survey of the Woodland Hills portion of the San Fernando Valley and its history of Hollywood luminaries.

The cowboy up podcast.

The Cowboy Up Podcast - Blood on the Moon

Alan K. Rode talks about his book celebrating “Blood on the Moon,” starring Robert Mitchum: a 1948 classic Western immersed in the film noir netherworld of double crosses, government corruption, shabby barrooms, gun-toting goons, and romantic betrayals. 

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Steven Jay Rubin's Saturday Night at the Movies

Alan K. Rode talks everythng “Michael Curtiz – Super Director” in this podcast hosted by Steven Jay Rubin.

Noir city chicago 2023 poster featuring a bartender mixing drinks, a gent at the end of the bar in a fedora holding a bouquet of flowers, and a stunning redhead in a sparkly red gown sporting a lit cigarette and a pistol.

Music Box Theatre celebrates the darker side of life with Noir City: Chicago

Alan K. Rode gives CBS Chicago a thorough overview of film noir, his and Eddie Muller’s longstanding film noir preservation efforts, and in particular the outsized impact Chicago has played in the history of film noir classics.

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The Extras: Blood on the Moon

Author Alan K. Rode joins Tim Millard’s podcast to discuss his new book BLOOD ON THE MOON, a detailed look at the making of the 1948 western. The discussion takes a deep dive into how this film is a prime example of a noir western, which was a movement in westerns toward realism after World War II.

Alan provides background on star Robert Mitchum and why he was a perfect fit for this noir western style. Tim and Alan also discuss the great director Robert Wise, cinematographer Nicolas Musuraca and the other members of the production team. And then in turn they discuss stars Robert Preston, Barbara Bel Geddes, Phyllis Thaxter, Walter Brennan, and Charles McGraw. The podcast ends with an update from George Feltenstein of the Warner Archive, as to why the film never received a DVD release, and the work that went into bringing it out on Blu-ray in early 2020.

How the west was cast.

How the West Was 'Cast

Blood on the Moon (1948) – Andrew Patrick Nelson and Matthew Chernov interview Film Scholar Alan K. Rode

The gripping story of a down-and-out cowhand who becomes ensnared in a complex scheme to dupe a local rancher out of a fortune, the moody 1948 film Blood on the Moon combines the mythic milieu of the Hollywood Western with the dark psychological themes of a classic noir. On this engaging episode, Andrew Patrick Nelson chats with acclaimed author, biographer and film noir expert Alan K. Rode, whose latest book – titled Blood on the Moon – offers a fascinating analysis of this influential Western.

George Feltenstein, Alan K. Rode -- Casablanca.

The Extras PODCAST: George Feltenstein, Alan K. Rode

Alan K. Rode visits Cinecon for the restoration of INVADERS FROM MARS (1953).

Journeys in Darkness and Light (The Great Movies) with Andy Wolverton and Darnice Jasper

Featured Interviews

Latest Book

Blood on the Moon by Alan K. Rode

Of the movies categorized as “noir westerns” by writers and historians, none is more celebrated than 1948’s Blood on the Moon. The commingling of the Western genre and the noir style crystalized in this extraordinary film, which in turn influenced the development of the Western in the 1950s as the genre darkened and became more psychological. Produced during the height of the post–World War II film noir movement, the picture transplanted the dark urban environs of the city into the western iconography. Instead of being framed in a Monument Valley sunset, Robert Mitchum’s lone horseman opens the picture as a solitary figure in a dark rainstorm, with the Arizona trail replicating the rain-slicked streets of Los Angeles. Mitchum’s existentialist character Jim Garry plays against traditional Western heroes, with shifting loyalties set against an alienating domain where things are assuredly not what they seem.

Blood on the Moon is a classic Western immersed in the film noir netherworld of double crosses, government corruption, shabby barrooms, gun-toting goons, and romantic betrayals. With this volume, biographer and noir expert Alan K. Rode brings the film to life for a new generation of readers and film lovers.

Alan K. Rode is a charter director and the treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation, spearheading the preservation and restoration of America’s noir heritage. A documentarian and producer, he is also the author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film and Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy.

ISBN 978-0-8263-6469-2

REEL WEST
University of New Mexico Press | unmpress.com

“A first-rate look at an undervalued movie that represents a noted Western author (Luke Short), a talented screenwriter (Lillie Hayward), a director who was just coming into his own (Robert Wise), and a star on the ascendence (Robert Mitchum). Alan K. Rode gives us the story behind the story onscreen.” 

 

Leonard Maltin

Author of Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide

Blood on the Moon by Alan K. Rode

Blood on the Moon by Alan K. Rode

On sale now!Of the movies categorized as “noir westerns” by writers and historians, none is more celebrated than 1948’s Blood on the Moon. The commingling of the Western genre and the noir style crystalized in this extraordinary film, which in turn influenced the...

Being the Ricardos

Being the Ricardos

A review of “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios, 10dec2021) by Alan K. Rode.

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936): Separating Fact from Fiction

Over the years, there have been numerous stories published or otherwise repeated about the production of Warner Bros, action film THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936).

These anecdotal accounts received additional heft in 1975 with the publication of David Niven’s memoir BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES.

Among other recollections, Niven wrote about director Michael Curtiz’s “carnage” of injured and dead horses caused by his ordering the use of a “Running W” or trip wire during action scenes that were supposedly filmed in Mexico.

Other versions included a fight between Errol Flynn and Curtiz that never occurred (There was a physical confrontation between both men that occurred six years later during DIVE BOMBER) reportedly caused by Flynn’s rage over the director’s alleged indifference to the welfare of animals with the number of horses crippled or killed during the making of the picture ranging from 20 to 100 or many more.

My research, based on studio production records, correspondence and legal files( including sworn affidavits and photographs) and other sources, revealed an accurate and less fabulist account of what occurred during production of the film.

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Blu-ray® Classics

. . . new and forthcoming, with added Commentaries and Documentaries from Alan.

High noon blu-ray cover.

HIGH NOON

Alan is the featured commentator on this special edition release of HIGH NOON (1952).

Directed by : Fred Zinnemann
Cast : Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, Lon Chaney Jr., Ian MacDonald, Robert J. Wilke, Sheb Wooley
Available Date : 04/16/2024
Release Year : 1952
Running Time : 85

/Users/opportunity/Library/Application Support/CleanShot/media/media_A6wfCkX8Zk/FILM NOIR THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA volume 16.

FILM NOIR: THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA XVI

The Mystery of Marie Roget

Chicago Deadline

Iron Man

Upcoming Events

Jul
18
Thu
all-day Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Plaza Classic Film Festival – El... @ Plaza
Jul 18 – Jul 28 all-day
Plaza Classic Film Festival - El Paso TX - July 18 - 28, 2024 @ Plaza
The Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 17th year July 18-28, 2024, was started by the El Paso Community Foundation in 2008 as a special project to bring movies back to the historic[...]
Sep
6
Fri
all-day NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
NOIR CITY: Chicago – September 6... @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day
NOIR CITY: Chicago - September 6-12, 2024 @ Music Box Theatre
Noir City Chicago 2024 Returning to the Music Box Theatre, Chicago becomes Noir City once more September 6th through the 12th, 2024. Complete program and details will appear in this space as they are announced.[...]
Oct
11
Fri
2:00 pm Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Lone Pine Film Festival - October 11th, 2024 - The Charge of the Light Brigade @ Museum of Western Film History
Pre-Screening, film historian and Errol Flynn scholar Ross Schnioffsky will host a Q&A about the films’ director, Michael Curtiz, with special guest Alan Rode. THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE (1936)/Warner Brothers (Filmed in Lone[...]
Oct
12
Sat
9:30 am Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Lone Pine Film Festival - October 12th, 2024 @ Museum of Western Film History
Michael Curtiz: A life in Film (90 Min) – Discussion with Alan K. Rode Michael Curitz (seated), Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn on the set of The Charge of the Light Brigade. Author and historian,[...]
1:00 pm Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Lone Pine Film Festival – Octobe... @ Museum of Western Film History
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Lone Pine Film Festival - October 12th, 2024 - Panel Discussion: Stories from the Set @ Museum of Western Film History
Alan K. Rode to join panel discussion, Stories from the Set WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2024, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm WHERE: HIGH SCHOOL QUAD, Lone Pine, California MORE INFO: Visit Lone Pine Film Festival[...]
Narrated by morgan freeman. Max original. 100 years of warner bros.

Featured Commentator: 100 Years of Warner Bros.

Alan is a featured commentator in Part One of 100 Years of Warner Bros. Documentary now streaming on Max.

Blu-ray® Classics

. . . new and forthcoming, with added Commentaries and Documentaries from Alan.

High noon blu-ray cover.

HIGH NOON

Alan is the featured commentator on this special edition release of HIGH NOON (1952).

Directed by : Fred Zinnemann
Cast : Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Harry Morgan, Lee Van Cleef, Lon Chaney Jr., Ian MacDonald, Robert J. Wilke, Sheb Wooley
Available Date : 04/16/2024
Release Year : 1952
Running Time : 85

/Users/opportunity/Library/Application Support/CleanShot/media/media_A6wfCkX8Zk/FILM NOIR THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA volume 16.

FILM NOIR: THE DARK SIDE OF CINEMA XVI

The Mystery of Marie Roget

Chicago Deadline

Iron Man

Four film noir classics volume 2.

Four Film Noir Classics - Vol. 2

The Suspect

The Sleeping City

Thunder on the Hill

Six Bridges to Cross

Essential film noir collection 4.

Essential Film Noir: Collection 4

Rope of Sand (1949)

Appointment with Danger (1950)

The Enforcer (1951)

Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Jennifer (1953)

Essential Film Noir Collection 3

Essential Film Noir Collection 3

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

No Man Of Her Own (1950)

The Turning Point (1952)

The Desperate Hours (1955)

box set of blu-ray discs

Essential Film Noir Collection 1

Framed (1947)

Alias Nick Beal (1949)

Detective Story (1951)

The Garment Jungle (1957)

Books

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